The days of winter coats, seeing your breath in the air, and freezing temperatures are quickly approaching. With the first frost just around the corner, it’s time to start winterizing your home to help protect it against the harsh winter weather. We all know there’s nothing better than the comforts of your cozy, warm house on a cold day. This season, get ahead of the cold weather and ensure your home stays warm all winter long with these tips to get your home ready for winter.
Cold drafts come from more than just your windows and doors. Attics, air ducts, chimneys, and even the kitchen hood vent can be entry points for cold air.
Programmable thermostats keep temperatures consistent and saves you fuel. Set your thermostat to automatically lower temperature when you’re sleeping or when you’re away for long periods of time. If you’re chilly, add more layers of clothes instead of turning up the heat.
Have a professional identify any rotting trees, dead, or dangling limbs that may come down in a storm. Icy conditions can cause branches to break, fall, and damage your home or your power lines.
During the day, open south facing curtains to let sun and warmth in and close the curtains to conserve heat at night. Closing the curtains prevents warmth from escaping. Sunlight equals free heat, capture it as much as possible!
Uninsulated floors, like tile and wood, can be cold and can be the main reason for heat loss in your home. Lay area rugs and runners to trap heat and make your home feel much cozier. You can also break out the blankets, wool socks, hot coco, big comforters, and hoodies!
Why heat rooms that you don’t use?
A winter storm could leave you snowed in or without power. Having the following items will make sure you’re prepared in case of a winter emergency. You'll want to have nonperishable food items stocked, the numbers of your utility companies, batteries, first aid kits, and maybe even a portable generator.
Protecting your home in winter conditions is vital. By following these steps, you’ll be ready even for winter’s worst. This winter stay warm and enjoy the financial benefits of preparing your house for winter. Stop by your local Do it Best hardware store for winter essentials, or shop online at doitbest.com.
While do-it-yourself projects can be fun and fulfilling, there is always a potential for personal injury or property damage. We strongly suggest that any project beyond your abilities be left to licensed professionals such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and we assume no responsibility or liability for the contents of this article.